Joel Michael Schwarz is a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (“CCIPS”). Since joining the Department’s Computer Crime section, he has spent a considerable amount of time focused on international cyber-crime policy and critical infrastructure protection. He has also handled numerous cases at the Department involving the use of the Internet, including denial of service attacks, sale of illegal substances online, intellectual property crime, facilitation of terrorism, and kidnapping, and has assisted numerous countries with requests pertaining to electronic evidence located in the U.S. relevant to foreign law enforcement investigations. Joel is also the recipient of an award from the F.B.I. for “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” for his work and assistance in a case that he handled, and a recent recipient of a “Special Achievement Award” from the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice.
More recently, Joel has been involved, as a representative of the United States, with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”), assisting APEC member countries in developing the substantive and procedural laws, as well as the international mutual legal assistance and high-tech crime capabilities necessary to investigate and prosecute cyber-crime. Within his work in APEC, Joel also chairs a working group on Wireless issues.
Joel was formerly the New York State Attorney General's Special Counsel for Internet Matters, Investor Protection & Securities Bureau, and Assistant Attorney General with the Attorney General's Internet Bureau. As a prosecutor with the Attorney General's Office, Joel was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of Internet fraud and crime. Among some of his more famous cases, Joel secured the first decision in the United States holding that Internet gambling violates both state and federal law (1999 WL 591995), and was one of the lead attorneys in the Attorney General's investigation and report on the online brokerage industry in the United States, "From Wall Street to Web Street" (November 1999). Joel was also the recipient of the New York Attorney General’s Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for Exceptional Service.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of Justice, Joel worked as Counsel on E-Commerce for MetLife, where he was responsible for helping MetLife fulfill its vision of becoming a major player in the E-Commerce arena, and where he advised various MetLife lines of business on E-commerce issues, including privacy, security, and technology-related matters.
Joel has lectured extensively around the world on numerous Internet and E-Commerce related topics, has testified before various legislative committees in both the U.S. and abroad, and has advised other countries in the area of critical infrastructure protection. He also continues to provide training on prosecuting and conducting Internet investigations to law enforcement at both the domestic and international level, and frequently speaks to the private and public sector about cyber-crime, security and critical infrastructure protection. Joel is currently chairing a Committee for the International Association of Prosecutors in order to develop a guide on conducting Internet investigations.
Joel has published numerous articles in the area of Internet and E-Commerce, including in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal ("The Internet Gambling Fallacy Craps Out"), the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Journal ("Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: An Analysis of Free Internet Stock Offerings"), the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (“Practicing Law Over the Internet: Sometimes Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect”), numerous articles in the Wallstreetlawyer.com, and has authored an online Continuing Legal Education Course for Lawyersed.com, available at http://www.lawyersed.com (regarding unauthorized practice of law in chat rooms, bulletin board postings, etc). Joel's most recent publication was in the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law, and deals with the evolving problem of criminals who use public computer terminals, such as those in Internet cafés, to hide their identities while committing Internet crime (“A Case of Identity: A Gaping Hole In the Chain of Evidence of Cyber-Crime”). Joel has also published a number of magazine articles, including the cover story in the February 2002 edition of the American Corporate Counsel Magazine ("The ACCA Docket"), entitled "International Use of U.S. Corporate Intranets: Legal Risks and How to Avoid Them."
Joel graduated cum laude from Albany Law School in New York State, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics, with a certification in computer programming. He recently completed a certification in Advanced Information Technologies from New York University. For more information on articles written, speeches, press coverage, general background, etc., please visit http://www.joelschwarz.com.